It’s something that does not happen very often: a weather delay at Rogers Centre. In fact, it’s something that, according to The Globe And Mail, has only happened six times in the 29-year history of SkyDome (I’ll call it what I want, thanks). It almost happened in 2012 as well, though they managed to avoid delaying the game that time around.
When it was built back in 1989, SkyDome was a marvel of modern technology: a building where you could be inside AND outside! It was also kind of a necessity to make watching early-season baseball comfortable in a country that’s known informally as the Great White North.
I’m too young to remember a time when baseball was played at Exhibition Stadium, so I can’t say for sure, but something tells me I’d struggle to sit through a baseball game played in the snow
Then again, I did take in the NHL Centennial Classic at Exhibition Stadium on New Years Day 2017 – though I would have been smart to bring a blanket along.
But yes, SkyDome was the perfect solution for baseball in a city that’s pretty cold in the early months of the season, but beautiful, sunny and warm in the summer months. It’s also great when freak ice storms in the middle of April roll through.
… Except for when said ice ends up falling off the CN Tower onto the roof…
The CN Tower was the first building in the area to be closed…
Apparently for those who were inside at the time, the ice hitting the roof created a pretty terrifying sound, as you could imagine.
As of right now, nobody knows the extent of the damage, and it’s too dangerous to send someone up to check it out, since more ice could fall at any time. The Blue Jays are working with the CN Tower and Toronto Police to get to the bottom of it.
So as you can see there, the team is assessing the viability of tonight’s scheduled game against the Kansas City Royals. First pitch, right now anyway, is scheduled for 7:07 PM… But there’s a possibility the game may not happen at all.
If you were to visit the entrances of the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium or Rogers Centre, this is what you’d find
You can see a bit of the damage here:
And it looks like snow and water are now falling onto the field. They’ve set up some buckets to catch what’s falling in:
After seeing all that, it’s hard not to think that tonight’s game will be cancelled, but my fingers are crossed that we MIGHT get a chance to see some baseball after the past two games have been rained out for the Jays.
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